1988 Photo Contest, Science & Technology, 2nd prize

Wolfgang Kunz

Geo Wissen

01 January, 1987

Original caption from World Press Photo (1988)

After undergoing a bone marrow transplant, Marcel (5) has to spend two weeks in a sterile tent, because the operation had left him defenseless against infection. Direct body contact, even with his mother, was strictly prohibited.


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Wolfgang Kunz

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